Jun 5, 2012

DIY: Mini Notebook From A Cereal Box


I am still a little old-fashioned when it comes to taking notes and I usually have at least two pocket notebooks in my purse at all times (one for craft ideas and the other for making to do lists). I realized that I am also very picky when it comes to choosing the perfect notebook, and for those of you who are like me, I've got a solution for you!

Follow the directions below to make your own personalized, budget-friendly pocket journal out of cereal boxes inspired by my favorite Moleskine notebooks. Choose your favorite decorative paper and a stylish button to create the perfect notebook that suits your own style. These were so easy and fun to make, I ended up making four...one for me and three for my friends.


Materials:
• Cereal box (1 cereal box makes 2 notebooks. You can also use cardboard, cardstock or gift boxes)
• Paper for the inside pages (I used 20 pieces of 8.5" x 11" computer paper, but you can also use lined or graph paper)
• A piece of decorative paper (to cover the spine)
• Scissors
• Ruler
• Pen
• Glue stick, tape runner or double-sided tape
• Needle and embroidery floss
• Button



 Steps: 
• Cut out the cereal box to create the cover for your notebook. I cut a 5.5" x 8" piece for mine, but you can make it as small or large as you wish.
• Fold it in half so that the blank side is facing out.
• Run embroidery floss through the needle and sew on the button to the front of the notebook. Leave about 20" of the thread hanging. This will be used to wrap around the notebook to close.
• To cover the images of the cereal box, apply glue or tape to the inside of the notebook (make sure you get the corners!) and place a piece of paper on top to attach. Cut around the edges to remove any excess paper.
• Grab your paper for the inside pages and trim them down so they are slightly smaller than the notebook (about 1/4" shorter on all sides).
• With the needle and embroidery floss, stitch the paper to the notebook down the spine.
• Apply glue or tape to your decorative paper and attach it to the spine of the notebook.
• Optional: For a more finished look, cut rounded corners on all four edges of the notebook.

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66 comments:

  1. Oh my God it very beautiful, I really adore it, Thanks for the tutorial, I Will head for the sewing room now!!,

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  2. These are divine! I, like you, am always carrying around multiple notebooks but find it hard to always find something that's just right. Problem solved!

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  3. So great, need to try it out!

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  4. Hello I found your blog strolling through the net, I've loved, you have very original ideas, I follow. I also transformed my clothes but personal plan, my clothes for myself. I have a blog as it transformed the shoes to give a personal touch, stop if you want and check out. Greetings from PintoZapas.blogspot.com

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  5. Making these tomorrow. No joke. I've been a fiend for making mini notebooks lately and I love finding new ways. Thanks for the lovely DIY!

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  6. They are so sweet! :)
    Cecilia

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  7. This is amazing! I love notebooks too, and I have a cereal box downstairs - it's fate, I may just have a go at making one right this minute...

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  8. I love your blog! Your tutorials are so creative and original! That's why I awarded you a Liebster Award.

    http://cancandancer.blogspot.com/

    PS I definitely will be making one of these sketchbooks! And sorry if you actually do have more than 200 followers, I looked at your bloglovin number.

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  9. Wow this is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!!

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  10. Thanks is a great idea. I'm gonna try it with my daughter it will be her summer writing craft

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  11. This is just too cute. WIll have to try it! Just shared it with my sister too who's looking for ideas to make a mini journal for a europe trip :)

    Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Made these with friends! They turned out great!! Thanks for the idea.

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  13. Anonymous7/23/2012

    Great idea for teens at a camp we go to. I handle crafts and we are always looking for ways to wncorage creativity and recycle what is normally thrown away!

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  14. susan o7/24/2012

    Instead of having to trim the inside paper, why not just cut the cover a little bigger? And you could use yarn scraps as well and cover the inside with decorative paper... Just some thoughts

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  15. I'm a recycling fanatic and hate just tossing cereal boxes (in the recycle bin of course). What a great way to re-use them. Thanks!

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  16. Fantastic!! Easy to do, great recycling idea and super useful, what more could you ask for?!! Thanks for sharing, I pinned it all!

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  17. I tried this out using an even simpler method with cardboard box (empty pizza shapes box) and paper and stapled it all together. It took all of two minutes and it's beautiful, recycled and exactly what i wanted. Thanks for the inspiration,
    Laura xo
    www.thecupthief.wordpress.com

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  18. I tried this out using an even simpler method with cardboard box (empty pizza shapes box) and paper and stapled it all together. It took all of two minutes and it's beautiful, recycled and exactly what i wanted. Thanks for the inspiration,
    Laura xo
    www.thecupthief.wordpress.com

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  19. Anonymous9/14/2012

    Hey! We've shared your DIY idea on our Facebook page. Do have a look :) http://www.facebook.com/sashafairtrade

    Awesome idea!! :) :)

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  20. Using this for Adult Craft Night at the library where I work! Thank you!

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  21. Anonymous9/26/2012

    So nice of you to share this, I too like you need to have a handy notebook with me at all times. My children tease me about it and say I'm old school but when I misplace the note books I am out only a few cents, they on the other hand are out many dollars and half of their life history.I am making one for each of them.

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  22. I was looking for a way to recycle cereal boxes, this is perfect for me and my kiddos!!

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  23. maria aparecida romani10/03/2012

    como conseguir traduzir essa pagina para portugues brasil

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    1. Anonymous5/30/2013

      É só usar o tradutor de página do google.

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  24. Love!! Can't wait to make this!

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  25. Thanks for sharing this great Idea. Can´t wait to do this!

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  26. oh my gosh...
    i just discovered this
    somewhere...maybe tumblr
    and i LOVE this project.
    its perfect for art students
    for making their own journal!
    thank you! thank you!

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  27. discovered this via pinterest...superb photos and a great project!
    THANK YOU for the inspiration!!

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  28. discovered this via pinterest...superb photos and a great project!
    THANK YOU for the inspiration!!

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  29. TEMGO QUE HACERLAS ME ENCANTARON!!!!!!!
    LO ENCUENTRO UN POCO DURO PARA COSER PERO SON PRECIOAS.
    SALUDITOS

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  30. Hi I'm 14 and I'm French. I've just looked at your website and I'm just in love with it ! I've make this notebook there's few minutes what do you think ?

    [IMG]http://i48.tinypic.com/24weqz6.jpg[/IMG][IMG]http://i46.tinypic.com/2ccl850.jpg[/IMG]

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    1. Hi Laeti! This looks so AMAZING! It turned out beautifully and I love the paper you chose. Nice job! Thanks so much for sharing. It made my day :)
      - Natalie

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  31. http://i46.tinypic.com/2ccl850.jpg
    http://oi48.tinypic.com/24weqz6.jpg

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  32. Where did you find your craft paper? My local Joanns and Michaels never has anything cute like that.

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    1. Hi Kimberly - I actually got them from Michaels many years ago. They were small pieces of paper in a packet. The brownish one is actually a piece of wrapping paper. You can also take a look in magazines, which can also have images with interesting patterns. Good luck!

      - Natalie

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  33. I love a lot this blog. Please visit my blog: unafabricamaravillosa.blogspot.com.es

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  34. You could also use a wider decorative washi tape to cover the spine!

    Love this, hanks for posting it up! :D

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  35. I linked to this project on my blog (http://reclaimedcraftsnorthampton.blogspot.com/2013/02/collegiate-bike-racing.html), thanks for the great idea!

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  36. why did i throw away my cereal box ..am goin to emptu anther one now now now.thanks for the inspiration

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  37. so easy to make!
    thanks for share.. it's very useful ^^! love it

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  38. Hi Natalie, ages ago I saw a couple of your pictures on Pinterest but at the time I wasn't into pining, didn't really know how it worked... Stupidly, I saved the pictures on my computer in my "to do" folder, but not the link... September last year I actually had a go at making the pads, but then I couldn't find the tutorial anywhere!

    I tried it anyway and wrote a post on my blog mentioning I couldn't find the original... Yesterday I saw the pictures on Pinterest again and thankfully was brought here!

    I absolutely LOVE your blog! I hope you don't mind I used two pictures of yours on mine, I just updated the post linking to this page and I wanted to invite you to write a guest post for my blog if you have a chance. Here is the link to your featured tutorial =)
    http://www.mangoandpassionfruit.com/2012/09/little-notepads-out-of-cereal-boxes.html

    Thanks for this and your other super cute DIY ideas! xx Z

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    1. Hi Zaira - I appreciate you linking back to my post and I'm really glad you tried out the project! Yours turned out great too! Love the paper you used. Thanks again and hope to see more of your projects :)
      - Natalie

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  39. Love these cute little notebooks. I posted your link and a photo as a Mother's Day gift on my blog. Hope you don't mind.

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  40. Thank you for sharing! I scooped your post on
    Crafty Crafts

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  41. These are adorable! Definitely doing this craft project over half term ^_^ love this idea, never would've thought of it! Thanks for the inspiration xx

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  42. Wow! This is really a very creative work of art. Thank you for sharing this. Awesome and perfect for the kids. We also did a Cereal Box Guitar out of the same materials you used. You should check this out!
    EarlyLearning.Momtrusted.com DIY Musical Instruments: Cereal Box Guitar

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  43. Wow! This is really a very creative work of art. Thank you for sharing this. Awesome and perfect for the kids. We also did a Cereal Box Guitar out of the same materials you used. You should check this out!
    EarlyLearning.Momtrusted.com DIY Musical Instruments: Cereal Box Guitar

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  44. How did you keep the edges of the inside paper (and the cardboard, I suppose) straight and smooth? Using regular scissors I could only manage to get raggedy, slanted pages. Do I just have bad scissors or is there some trick to it? Also, do I glue the binding paper while the journal is folded or open? Gluing it folded caused it to wrinkle when I open it.
    Thanks for your help! Definitely will have to try this again!

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    1. Hi Sam! To get the paper straighter, you can either use a paper trimmer (found online or craft stores) or a ruler with an x-acto knife. For the binding, I glued it while it was folded. If you do it while it is open, the notebook won't close properly. After gluing, try placing it under something heavy until it is dry. That may help with the wrinkling. Let me know if you have any more questions!
      Best, Natalie

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  45. I have tried it, amazing and simple!! Big thanks! :)

    http://pictopictu.blgospot.cz/

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  46. Hi there,
    I am trying this today - it looks so cute! One question I have is how did you stitch the book together? It is extremely hard to get the needle through all the paper and the cardboard and I'm wondering if you did it differently? Any tips? Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi Kelly! Try stitching a few pages at a time. I didn't use that many sheets of paper, which made it a little easier. Also, I used the table to help push the needle through the paper. Hope that helps and let me know if you have any other questions!
      - Natalie

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    2. Thanks! I'll try that. I used about 10 sheets of paper and ended up pre-"punching" the cardboard with the needle and that helped quite a bit too. It turned out so cute and my mom loved it! Thanks for the great post!

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  47. Anonymous9/04/2013

    nice and cool

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  48. I absolutely love the idea! I use notebooks to take notes too, mostly because I tend to forget things so easily, but I enjoy taking notes as well.
    Thank you so much for sharing it, I love to make my own journals and notebooks, but I've never used cereal boxes. I'll try for sure :D
    Also, the colors of the paper you used to cover the spines are amazing :)

    I love your blog, so I'm not a follower and a fan :3 I run a little blog with my ideas... Any advice you could give me? :$
    My Blog :)

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  49. Anonymous11/24/2013

    OMG!!!

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  50. Anonymous12/02/2013

    This is going to be sooooooo cool!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  51. Hi Natalie,

    I'm Renee Metzler from Total Home Makeover (http://totalhomemakeover.com & http://totalhomemakeover.webs.com). I love this tutorial! Do I have your permission to feature this tutorial in my upcoming magazine with full credits to you? Please let me know at my email: nrmetzler@windstream.net. (I apologize for contacting you through comments; buy your contact page didn't work for me.) I look forward to hearing from you.

    Warmly, Renee
    nrmetzler@windstream.net

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  52. that's both cool and great!

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog - thanks for sharing!

    ♥, doro von Hand zu Hand

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  53. cool. i actually prefer the cereal print on the outside!

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  54. Made one today, and it turned out beautiful. Thank you!

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    1. Awesome!! Thanks for sharing, Lea!

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  55. Anonymous3/24/2014

    Hey! "Muesli!" That's the brand I eat!!!

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